The National Dental Association (NDA) celebrated its centennial convention July 26–29 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside of Washington, D.C. Richard Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., ADEA President and CEO, the ADEA Policy Center and the ADEA Division of Educational Pathways participated in all aspects of the centennial convention with representation at the minority faculty forum, professional development sessions, opening ceremony, student-focused sessions and at the exhibit hall.
The Access, Diversity and Inclusion staff from the ADEA Policy Center played an instrumental role in developing the faculty development program, which was titled Minority Faculty, Administrators & Practitioners Forum. The two-part program consisted of topics relating to faculty, student development and research on Friday, and research student poster sessions on Saturday. The theme of the Minority Faculty, Administrators and Practitioners Forum was “Bridging the Gap through Recruitment: A Plan of Action for the Next 100 Years.” The program included a session that discussed past and current efforts to promote and increase the recruitment, enrollment and advancement of students in dental education. Kim D’Abreu, ADEA Senior Vice President for Access, Diversity and Inclusion, served as the session moderator, and Eugene Anderson, Ph. D., ADEA Chief Policy Officer and Managing Vice President; and Mark Lopez, Ph.D., ADEA Senior Director for Access, Diversity and Inclusion discussed strategies and successes of programmatic efforts at the association, foundation and dental school level to recruit and advance students and faculty of color.
A highlight of the annual faculty forum was a luncheon to recognize outstanding minority faculty in the categories of research, education, and service. The National Dental Association Foundation (NDAF)/Colgate-Palmolive Faculty Recognition Awards highlights the achievements of minority faculty who have demonstrated excellence in professional development and a willingness to support and help others in their quest for knowledge and advancement. Award winners are nominated by their dean and selected by a nomination review committee comprised of ADEA and NDA members. This year, three faculty members were honored in the categories of teaching and service.
Nancy Reifel, D.D.S., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry received the award for administration/service, and teaching awards were presented to William P. Davis, D.D.S., M.S.P.H., Associate Professor, Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and Kenneth B. May, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
The award winners received a commemorative plaque and a $750 cash award. The Faculty Recognition Awards are jointly sponsored by the NDAF and Colgate-Palmolive Co.